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Property Name Latinos in Twentieth Century California MPS Cover
Reference Number 64501239
State California
Street Address
Multiple Property Submission Name Latinos in Twentieth Century California
Status Accepted 4/7/2015
Areas of Significance
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This Multiple Property Documentation Form (MPDF) documents the history of Latinos in twentieth century California and provides a framework for the nomination of associated properties to the National Register of Historic Places. The term Latino generally refers to anyone of Latin American origin. It emerged in the twentieth century as immigration from Central and South America grew. It is differentiated from the term Hispanic, which refers mostly to persons of Spanish-speaking ancestry, including Spain. The term Latino was used in this MPDF instead of Hispanic to emphasize the shared history of people from the Americas rather than Europe. While the Latino population in California is diverse, it has historically been dominated by Mexican Americans. Despite the fact that California was settled by the Spanish in the eighteenth century and governed by Mexico during part of the nineteenth century, the Mexican American population of California remained relatively small until the twentieth century. When California joined the union in 1850, the existing Mexican population became American citizens. Los Angeles immediately became the largest Mexican American city in the United States. Mexican Americans throughout California lost land, status, and power over the subsequent decades. They were also quickly outnumbered by a surge of migrants from the Midwest and East Coast

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